Starting Out

One of the main resources for those who would like to get started in eSports production is Broadcast.gg, a group of semiprofessional broadcasters dedicated to help amateurs get their feet off the ground in an understandably unexplored field. I’ve already taken a look at many of their resources and even chatted with the founders when I needed more specific help, but today I took a step back and looked at the first steps they recommend everyone take, Starting Out parts One and Two by LegDay, a commentating legend.

These articles essentially give a foundation for anyone thinking of venturing into the world of eSports production, and immediately there’s something I’d like to point out.

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Look at the insane difference between the first part and the second part. So many people either thought they were good enough to proceed after Part One or were too intimidated to even continue. To me, that just speaks to the gap between thinking and doing. An often mocked aphorism is that, “everyone has a novel in them”, but it’s clearly not true. Hypothetically, yes, anyone could write a novel, but then they start and realize it is much harder that it seems. It’s the same thing with casting. Everyone thinks that a caster just talks about video games, but that is only scratching the surface.

Part One opens by discussing the real role of a caster, one so integral and subtle that no one even notices if the caster is doing their job; a caster is a storyteller. It’s their job to get the audience invested in the narrative of the game, make them care about pivotal moments, and walk away with more memories than just a jumble of colors on a screen. Then, the article recommends casting old recording as a way to practice, and I believe this is where many people fail to make the jump from Part One to Part Two. See, once you start commentating over a recording most people are confronted with the unfortunate reality that they only understand enough to say what’s happening on screen. Furthermore, once they listen back to their commentary, they’ll realize a simple summary is boring, and likely walk away from casting entirely. That almost happened to me. However, with the mentality that practice is practice, I went back and another recording, and another. Like any skill, I worked hard to improve it, and then when I was ready, I moved on.

Part Two is far more about specific ways to get work once you’ve practiced, so I won’t go into too much detail. However, I think the most important thing it mentions is developing a style. Individuality is important in everything from writing to painting, and it’s no different in commentary. If you’re just a cheap impersonation of someone else, the audience is just going to watch the original instead.

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To conclude, I just wanted to reflect on the fact that when I began I had no idea any of this even existed, and yet I followed the steps anyways. It felt terrible. I thought I was making zero progress and almost gave up, because that’s how developping any new skill is. So, in my opinion, these articles don’t teach you the path to pro, because there is no set path. Instead, they’re a reassurance that you’re not wandering in the dark and eventually, you’ll find your way.

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